Henry VIII
The Youth of Henry VIII, A narrative in contemporary letters, Frank Arthur Mumby, Houghton Miffin Co., New York, 1913.
The Pale
Ireland from AD 800 to AD 1600, John Ryan, 1927, Browne and Nolan, Dublin, Page 275.
  • 1491-1547
  • Extravagant lifestyle.
  • Expanded royal power-“divine right of kings.”
  • 6 wives.
  • The Pope disagreed with Henry’s efforts to have his first marriage annulled. Henry wanted to leave Catherine of Aragon, remarry, and produce a male heir.
  • So Henry set the Reformation in progress.
  • He appointed himself Supreme Head of the Church of England
  • He destroyed shrines, dissolved convents and monasteries, and spent their money.
  • Henry VIII extended the Pale to the south of Bray, and established the Talbot family in the lands and castle of Rathdown.

Smal, Chris (1993), Ancient Rathdown and St. Crispin’s Cell, A uniquely historic landscape, Friends of Historic Rathdown, Greystones.



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